OK, this gift guide is totally last minute, like my shopping. My gifts always arrive late, but to me that just extends Christmas a little more and you end up with a little New Years gift. Right??? I am who I am.
If you’re like me and still need gift ideas for the hip and happening people in your life here’s a list of some of my favorites!
Cone Vase by Baigelman Glass
Flamingo Tiki Glasses by Love and Victory
Hand Painted Plaques from Everyday is a Holiday
Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Chen
Subscription to Atomic Ranch Magazine
Betty Boomerang Subscription Box
Eliot Sunglasses from Hello Holiday
Ban.do Rose 17 Month AgendaFor the kids…
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Star Diner Restaurant
For the pet lover…
Modern Pet Feeder by modernmews
Roccbox Portable Pizza Oven
What’s on your list? Tell me some of your favorite things in the comments below!
If you don’t know by now, I’m totally obsessed with vintage Christmas ornaments.
My favorites are the ones with the indented reflectors in the middle. I just love how unique each one is and how they sparkle and reflect colors when hanging on a lit up tree. It’s magical! You might remember that Ornament Tree Skirt I made a couple of years ago, but this year I wanted to bring that theme to life as a throw pillow.
What you’ll need:
-Fabric. (The amount depends on the size of pillow you want to make. I used fleece, but you can use any non-stretchy fabric you want. I got two 18″ pillows out of 2 yards of 45″ wide fleece.)
–Metal Christmas light reflector cups
-1” Silver buttons
-Snowfake shaped crafting buttons
–Metallic Braid Trim
-Ribbons, rickrack, and felt/fabric to decorate
-Embroidery thread and long needle
-Sewing Machine and thread (or you can glue the edges for a no-sew attempt)
What you do:
First draw a circle. The best way to do this is to use a tape measure or ruler and the compass method. Remember the way we learned in math class? HA I bet you thought you’d never need that. Then sketch out a little top piece (about 5″ wide), like an ornament would have. Then cut it out!
Sew the edges together leaving an opening at the top. Turn it right side out and iron. Stuff with polyfill through the top and then close the opening using a slipstitch. (You can try gluing all of these edges for a no-sew attempt, but the results won’t be as clean.)
In order to make the indented middle you need to tuft. Use a silver button and a light reflector to do this. Put the silver button in the middle of the reflector and use embroidery thread and a long needle to pull the button and reflector through the middle of the pillow. Pull it tight to make the indent, and use a triple knot to make it stay. Trim the excess thread. You can also use another button on the other side to keep it all in place if the triple knot isn’t enough.
Now you can have fun decorating it! Glue the snowflake buttons around the indent for extra sparkle. Use the metallic trim around the top to make it look like the ornament cap. Use rickrack, ribbons, and fabric scraps to create lines and shapes.
And voila! A cute little ornament throw pillow!
It’s that time again! Christmas time! I love this time of year. No matter what is going on in life, good or bad, decorating my Christmas tree always cheers me up. This year we switched things up a bit and used our fake pink tree instead of trying to find a natural, flocked one here in the desert. We even got a rotating stand so the whole thing spins!
I badly needed a new tree skirt since my last DIY one got ruined during our move. Wahhh.
I used the same tutorial and materials as my previous no-sew felt Christmas tree skirt (pictured above), and put a different spin on it.
First you need a couple yards of 72″ felt. Then you make a circle in your desired size. I explain this in more detail here.
Then use pieces of felt in various colors to create curved rhombus shapes that were popular in the 50s and 60s.
Then just simply use fabric glue to adhere them to the felt skirt in whatever pattern you desire.
And there you have it! A quick and easy DIY tree skirt for your retro tree.
Happy tree trimming!
Be sure to tag your Christmas photos with #Krysmasgram on Instagram!
Happy Halloween! I finally got motivated enough to doing a little last minute Halloween decorating with a little bit of spiderwebbing, a few DIY bats, and a ton of pumpkins. We’re staying in tonight and snuggling up at home tonight watching movies, carving pumpkins, and eating treats.
Here’s a few pics of a Melodrama Halloween!
We have an orange front door and I couldn’t let that go to waste! I used black construction paper cutouts and taped them to the door to create a Jack o’ lantern face. I added a few pumpkins and a few tombstones from the dollar store.
Inside I used spiders, pumpkins, paper bat cutouts, and a few gilded skulls to spook up the place. There are always plenty of spirits around the bar…get it? Spirits HAAA.I put pumpkins in the fireplace with string lights, those will be sticking around all season long.
And of course the DIY Pumpkin Planter that I made here.
That’s it for this year! I’m off to carve some pumpkins and bust open the bags of candy. Happy Halloween!
If you’re a plant lover, here’s a quick and easy way to incorporate succulents and cacti into your fall decor. Use a (faux is best) pumpkin as a planter! I used a cinderella pumpkin because I love the shapes and colors of them, and they’re usually wide enough to make a great shallow planter.
Update: I got a real one for really cheap at Trader Joe’s so I originally used that, but quickly transitioned to a faux pumpkin once the inevitable mush set in after about a week. Bummer.
Just cut off the top (and hallow it out if you want to try a real one) like you would when making a jack-o-lantern. Poke some small holes in the bottom for drainage. Then fill it with a variety of succulents and some extra soil or sand.
I layered cacti and different types of succulents in mine. Since the fuzzy cacti looks like a spider nest I added some plastic Halloween spiders. I can easily remove those to transition it into November. If the little guys lasts that long. Fingers crossed.
I love it as our dining table centerpiece.
So easy and cute! I hope it lasts at least another month.
Ok, real talk, I honestly feel like this month has gone by really quickly. TOO quickly. The holidays are almost over and it makes me sad! I want more time!
Anyway, if you know me at all you know I take my Christmas trees very seriously. Every year we get natural tree and usually have it flocked in white, but for some reason this year was particularly difficult. It took visiting five different tree lots to find the perfect one, but we finally found *the one* and I love it. When you know you just know. You know?
Without further ado, here is this year’s tree!
It’s chockablock full of candy colored ornaments, gold garland, tons of tinsel, and my trusty DIY tree skirt.
It’s the perfect tree to display my vintage ornament collection. I especially love vintage Shiny Brites and threaded bulbs. Speaking of, The Christopher Radko Company has resurrected the Shiny Brite brand and has been producing ornaments based on classic Shiny Brite designs. I got some this year to fill out the tree and they’re gorgeous!
I also got a finial from them to top it all off.
I want to keep it up all year round!
I’ll try to post a Christmas home tour, but until then you can see what’s going on over on Instagram.
Accent pillows are one of the easiest things you can use to change the look of a sofa or chair in your home, and they’re also one of the easiest DIY projects to do. I wanted to bring a little color and fun to a bench I have in my living room so turned to my fabric scrap collection for something to make pillows with. I had some felt and pom poms and thought they would be perfect pillows for the holiday season. To be honest they might stay well after that.
To make a basic pillow you just need to cut a piece of fabric to the size and shape of the pillow you want to cover. Leave about an inch on each side for seam allowance. Sometimes I cut the fabric on a fold so I end up with one longer piece rather than two pieces. Either way works fine.
Sew the pieces together at the sides, leaving one side open.
Turn your pillow case inside out so the seams are inside. By the way you can do these steps with fabric glue like liquid stitch if you don’t have a sewing machine.
Insert your pillow stuffing and then use a slip stitch or fabric glue to close the open end.
Next figure out where you want to apply your pom pom trim and use fabric glue to adhere it! Easy!
I also cut some of the pom poms off and glued them on in a random pattern.
There you have it. Easy pom pom pillows!
Autumn is just around the corner and it’s time to start decorating! First up, Halloween! I absolutely love Halloween, but it’s not really my personal style to do a lot of gore or tons of orange and black in my home. One of the things I like to do with my Halloween decor is try to make it fit in with my home’s existing style. Here’s a really quick and easy way I updated a pre-lit, cheapy plastic pumpkin that I found for for $6. Isn’t he cute?
Spray paint. That’s all you need. I went with gold and white of course.
I painted the entire pumpkin with white satin paint (satin or gloss work best) and then sprayed the stem gold. I didn’t use tape or anything around the stem because I like the way the gold over-spray looks on the top of the pumpkin.
Cute, right?! I think I’m going to have to pick up a few more pumpkins and try different colors.
Anyway, easy peasy! Super cute and fits in perfectly with the rest of my decor.
I love the 4th of July. It’s probably my third favorite holiday, and definitely my favorite summer holiday. I love everything about it.I can’t think of a better way to spend a hot summer night than eating hamburgers and blowing things up in the street. It’s just so…American.
The main requirement of Independence Day is that you use as much red, white, and blue themed things as possible. Even foods must be adorned with American flags or patriotic flair or you are doing it wrong. Here’s a fun, easy, and inexpensive little embellishment for your food flair needs.
All you need are a few dollar store items:
White, white, or blue tinsel garland
Double stick tape
Skewers or toothpicks
All you have to do is cut a piece of tape and wrap it around one end of your skewer or toothpick. Then cut 2 inch piece of garland and wrap it around the taped end. Fluff it up so it looks like a firework or a sparkler! (Except this one doesn’t result in 2nd degree burns.)
Stick it on a cupcake or something equally as delicious for ultra Americana cuteness.
Happy 4th of July!